Join the Rhode Island Historical Society on Thursday, September 28 at 7pm for a night of folk music featuring singer, fiddler, and songwriter Lily Henley. Henley performs in the endangered language of Ladino, which combines old Spanish with Hebrew, Arabic, and Turkish elements. The concert will be held at Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus’s Bobby Hackett Theatre in Warwick.
Henley will be performing original songs from her latest album Oras Dezaoradas, which carry the hopes and dreams, daily worries, and existential thoughts of the Sephardic people. They tell stories of everyday life, loss, exile, lovers’ quarrels, and advice-seeking daughters.
Henley is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright award and was an Artist-in-Residence for one year at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Caramoor American Roots Festival, the New York Sephardic Music Festival, and as a featured soloist with Brian O’Donovan’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. She currently tours with mystic-folk band Rising Appalachia and has played with John Doyle, Brittany Haas, David Krakauer, The Duhks, and many more.